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the public and can keep the majority in the house and the senate. then the associated press homeland security and immigration reporter alicia caldwell talks about the obama administration's policy bringing syrian refugees into the u.s. ♪ ♪ host: good morning to you. ,"day on "washington journal how the house and senate races are shaping up this election season. look at president obama's pledge to admit 10,000 syrian refugees and the flooding in louisiana. but first, we will discuss the cost of childcare. country, itlf the now costs more to send your children to preschool and it does to send them to college. trumpy clinton and donald outlining plans to help ease parents' financial burden.
what role, if any, should the government play in controlling the costs of childcare? if you have children in child care, 202-748-8000. if you're a stay-at-home parent, 202-748-8001. all others, you can call 202-748-8002. you can also send us a tweet or leave us a comment on our facebook page. the wall street journal recently wrote about this dilemma that parents are facing using some data from the economic policy institute. states where day care costs more than college the headline. now more expensive to educate a four-year-old in preschool than an 18-year-old in college in nearly half the country. care for acost of four-year-old at a full-time day greaterter or school is
than the average cost of in-state tuition at a four-year institution in 23 states. here are some of the stats for you. the annual cost of childcare is greater than the average cost of in-state tuition. the average cost of childcare exceeded 10% of the minimum income for a family of four. some of the most expensive states include massachusetts were the annual cost is $12,781. york, $11,700. averaging $11,502 per year.
minnesota, $11,119 a year. that is a cost for a four-year-old at a full-time center or preschool. which of the government be doing, if anything, and reducing childcare costs that's what should the government be doing? jeffrey from virginia, stay-at-home parent. good morning to you. should the government be involved in paying for child care? caller: absolutely. it can be a situation where they are a single parent who is the provider. the parent providing the , the government should
implement a certain tax write .ff it is very costly and expensive, especially where the economics is not in a certain recovery frame where people got the proper educational background to be employed in a job, it has to there's ation where memorandum of understanding. in a well providing environment for growth, love and support while the other parent is working. i think it should balance out. children?old are your did you make an economic decision to stay at home with the children? caller: my child is 10 years old , one is nine.
opportunity is balancing out for what i am there aren't too many jobs and machinery plans in north carolina that are open up to my experience, what i have. you try to minimize that by taking what you can get. immigrants are taking a lot of these jobs in north carolina. host: that is jeffrey in virginia. here's the cost of childcare in virginia according to the economic policy institute. $10,450 for infant care. definitely a high figure there. this issue is resonating on the campaign trail. , zoomingrom bloomberg childcare costs on more
trump, clinton positioning. the republican nominee's strategy of employing tax exemptions is missing the point of the goals to help low income workers. few workers in those income levels even take deductions. donald trump said this -- allowing lower income americans to deducted from their payroll taxes. hillary clinton has embraced a laundry list of possible solutions, including prekindergarten for all four-year-old -- free
kindergarten for all four-year-olds. here is a bit from the candidates themselves, talking about childcare costs. [video clip] my plan will also help reduce the cost of childcare by allowing parents to fully deduct the average cost of childcare spending from their taxes. as part of this new future, we will also be rolling out proposals to increase choice and reduce cost in childcare, offering much-needed relief to american families. they are suffering. we are going to get them this much-needed relief. now, we will also hear from hillary clinton who also address this issue on the campaign trail as well.
[video clip] hillary clinton: women are now the sole or primary breadwinner in a growing number of families. more americans are cobbling together part-time work or , so weg out on their own have to make it easier to be good workers, good parents and caregivers. i've set out a bold vision to make quality, affordable childcare available to all americans and limit the cost to 10% of family income. [applause] clinton: on monday, trump offered his first real idea on this topic because previously, he had dismissed concerns about childcare. not an expensive thing because you just need some box and some swings. " now, he wants to exclude childcare costs from taxation.
it transparently is designed for rich people like him. he would give wealthy families $.30 or $.40 on the dollar for their nannies and little to families.r working i think instead we should expand the child tax credit to provide real relief to tens of millions of working families struggling with the cost of raising children. host: what should the government's role be in reducing childcare costs? if you are a working parent, you can call 202-748-8000. stay-at-home parent, 202-748-8001. all others, the line is 202-748-8002.
frederick, maryland. daniel is on the line for working parents. good morning to you. caller: my only question was about -- we've heard what both candidates have four children that are in pre-k and older. have any of them said anything about what they're doing for children below the age of pre-k? right now, i have one child in daycare, he is three years old. it is $250 a week. six-month-olde a who we are trying to work out, one parent off the day, one parent on a day. his would be $300 a week. host: how much of a burden is -- they caree cost cost for your family, daniel --
family,cost for your daniel? caller: more than the mortgage payment. host: does the issue of childcare make a difference in which candidate you support? caller: yes, because going forward, if we decide we want to have more children, we have to plan for the future, we have to see where our options are down the road. it could be too expensive for you to even have a child anymore. a little information from the economic policy institute, the average annual cost of infant care in maryland, $13,932 a year. south dakota, mary on the line for stay-at-home parents. good morning to you. caller: i was a stay-at-home mom
for quite a few years. the stay-at-home parent should be entitled to some type of tax break as opposed to just having to pay for child care if you are working. you'd away, you are out the money. that's either way, you are out the money. i wanted to make it sound a little more fair. you cannot expect people to take care of your child for free. they are there earning a living by taking care of your child. it has to be fair for everybody. richard from bellmore, new york on the line for all others. good morning. caller: hi.
i have a novel idea. ,f people want to have children maybe they should plan it out and only have the children they can afford to have. why does everybody have to depend on the government to support them? parents are supposed to support the children, not the government. host: a few comments from twitter. in arkansas, it is all about homeschooling. it is a real moneymaker. we have a retirement home for seniors who take care of kids. i think it is a perfect solution for preschoolers and the retired . rob from victoria, texas. a working parent.
afford --u going to nothing, no increment. we don't have money. they do not increase our salaries in the middle class. that is where we are. if we don't have money, how are you going to support your children? dr. carraway from greensburg, north carolina on the line for all others. go ahead. caller: good morning. i did some research on this and look at the figures of the federal government subsidies in , $84 billion by 21% of the
re -- ilisted on thei compare that to what other and ies have popped up services the prepay for vehicles -- the insurance companies know the right way to do this. they invested the premiums into repairs --d to cover they should turn daycare into a prepaid plan, paying a premium ome company that can turn that premium funding into a , doing some kind of
discount for parents that have .ore than one child maybeyou are saying create a prepaid program for childcare, preschool, similar to the way we have it for college? like prepay car warranties, house warranties that you pay monthly premiums with that. that covers, down the line, repairs as needed. premium eacht same
and put the funding in the trust fund to do other investments that you pay for the monthly costs. host: a few comments from facebook -- we asked the question on our facebook page and here are your responses -- another person writes on facebook -- let's hear from steve in clifton park, new york. steve is a working parent. good morning, steve. caller: good morning.
wife both work full time. about, for one child -- when he was first born, we were paying about $320 a week , about $1000 more than our mortgage was. it is pretty high cost -- there's not much help from the government. i'm not saying the government should help or say -- as far as taxes actions go, there is literally nothing. go mother isions literally nothing. -- tax exemptions go, there is literally nothing.
andre paying $17,000 a year get nothing. if a child is four years old, there's public solutions, there's always options. it's impossible for the average person to make it without going into debt. needs to be serious tax reductions put in place. place.ctions put in host: how do you make it work for your family? caller: to be honest, a lot of juggling, racking up debt here and there. i will have to get a second job. it is three jobs between the two of us. that means less time with my family. i'm not looking forward to that. society is just not prepared for this.
they are ignoring the problem. the student loan debt and all , it's just going to be a disaster. according to the economic policy institute new york is one of the most expensive states for child care. $11,700, second highest state in the country. from rochester, minnesota, greg is calling on the line for all others. good morning. caller: good morning. i went to pick up my two sons, i'm separated from my sons' mother. month.s, $2500 a my ex is making $12 an hour.
she should never be accepted into a daycare that charges that much -- the daycare are a big racket. the government is paying 60-70% of the childcare to these thinkers. s. to these daycare' they know they are going to get paid from the government. that is why they accept people who make $12 an hour. they've been going there for two years. kids.a month for two the mother is making $12 an hour. by which even be accepted into a daycare like that? daynt to pick them up one -- how much does she pay?
she is paying $300 a month. the government is paying $2200 a month. paid, so ofting course, they are going to accept or. her.cept ist: what government program the children's mother paying for their childcare with? here.: the county you should do a topic one day on payments that fathers are being charged. it is really ridiculous. what would a mother need $1300 for two boys? host: another comment
from facebook. one person writes -- from raleigh, north carolina. leonard is calling on the line for working parents. what is your thought? caller: good morning. the whole situation is really, really complicated. i have a son and a daughter. not only did they have me on a waiting list and i was number 960 something before i could even fill out the application to they limitedycare, the daycares i could go to come it was an $80 nonrefundable fee
per child. it was 3-400 dollars per child child per month. while i'm going through the process of waiting to even put an application my could not -- i could not work. i spent money for that. with you have to stay home the children while the wait for them to get a spot in day care. caller: that is correct. that made the situation even more difficult because it's already expensive, but now that i'm having to stay home until i care, it'sm in day
missing all the money up -- missing all the money up. messing all the money appup. host: are you hearing anything from either candidate -- caller: it seems like they bounce around the issue as far as giving you something -- host: madison, virginia is our next caller. good morning to you. i am a senior and i volunteer at a learning center /day care center in the town. the federal government gave a grant to the seniors who -- iact with the children
haven't been going too much lately because there is a sign on the door saying two of the children have lice, so the director did not want to expose us. daycare should be a last resort. there are so many out of wedlock births and these kids are being dumped and they know when they are being dumped. you have a lot of troubled families, emotionally disturbed kids. they have to look back to the should be taught to respect girls, not getting girls pregnant when they are 15, 16. grandparents are raising them, the parents just aren't responsible or capable of raising these children.
increaset is going to more and more kids having kids. and the government will pick up the tab. host: baton rouge, louisiana. line for stay-at-home parents. good morning, terrence. my thought is similar to leonard's. it lady that just called -- is rough on our kids and everything -- i had to stop my .ob my wife has been working nonstop. we have three kids. expensive, we so cannot get them in so i can go to work.
i'm from a family of 15 back them and i was born in 1952. we did not qualify for any kind of help from food stamps or anything that is so popular. we had one relative and they took shifts. i think we should basically have like china where you -- where the government says you can should only have one or two and that's it. host: one or two children only? where: yes, especially the snap program goes pretty . one lady take out a baby in the shopping center and another one for over five. i wonder what that is like
because how can i not afforded? either volunteering family members or in school, they will i believe a building where parents can volunteer their time. somehow, that works. they volunteer. they would use a public building or something where there is screens and film and everything. what i'm trying to say is mimic the funds. there is still time to get your thoughts in. here are the numbers to dial to share your opinion on what the government's role in child care costs should be. you can also send us 88.
and we are on facebook. -- you can send us a tweet. na from bowie, maryland is our next caller on the line for working parents. good morning. caller: good morning. i'm calling because i can sympathize with the plight of who are working either an hourly wage or don't 50 or $60,000 you get my husband and i have a combined income of over $300,000 per year and. when we had our youngest child, forg $1600 per month just her and another $1000 per month for my middle child and then we made it is to send our oldest school towas in high a private catholic high school
where we were paying another $800 per month. i'm talking about $3000 per month or more just in day care and private school costs. i am not looking for any sympathy because i agree that the cost of childcare i think is appropriate in that we are putting people attached to education when people need income to live. agree that the tax break for childcare needs to be significantly increased. sad that i cannot get a tax credit and i can only get a $5,000 pretax in terms of attendant care of its flexible spending. i have not heard either candidate at as this childcare will almost bankrupt you.
i think the cost is fair. that's my comment. comment oned facebook -- from cleveland, ohio, on the line for all others. what do you think? i am an administrator at a school. we are getting paid what we are worth. we are not considered teachers even though we have to have the education. i know how expensive it is for families.
be excellent,uld more than the 20% they get paid now. most of our children are subsidized children. they have a lot of issues and we deal with a lot of problems. my point is that neither pinpointedas really this issue. it really needs to be addressed. what is a government program that subsidizes the children at your facility? part ofthe county pays the day care. we only have like eight children and have a co-pay and the rest out of 100 kids -- the rest of them, we have maybe five private payees because it's so expensive.
the rest of them, the county pays for. caller is from, lorton, virginia. good morning. morning, i would like to posit that if you look thehe constitution -- responsibilities of the government, there is nothing in the constitution where the government has any responsibility for childcare. the's the first point and ,econd point is the progressive the democrats, the liberals, they are always preaching that the government needs to stay out of the bedroom when it comes to , but they same-sex seek intervention on day care and health care. there is an in congruently
there. there is a conflict between in somesitions where, areas, they want to get in the bedroom, in the house but in some areas they want to stay out. the last point i would like to is that many of the second and third world countries, there are no day care centers at all. they have extended families. they have grandparents and uncles and cousins. how are they able to manage andout any day care centers still have great lives with these young children. right, next caller is ricky from muskegon, michigan calling on the line for stay-at-home parents. i am a hello, stay-at-home dad. before he became a dad, i used to work in the day care center.
we's to have a state run day care center. got taken andnds they closed down the day care center. now, since i started having kids, i had two kids and i took care of them myself, i worked but i came off of disability because i messed up my back. the thing about it is, i watch my kids, sometimes my mom will watch my kids. i have other family members. i really had my kids go to a day care center, was one time. i pay for it myself.
in this day and time, there are programs that are afterschool where the kids go sometimes. sometimes the funding is not there to have the afterschool programs. that's another thing they can look into is having afterschool programs for these kids to go to. host: you are saying the issue is not just for children for the young ones but once the kids are in school, they might need child's -- childcare after school lets out. yes, the elementary school i worked at, sometimes we had to keep the kids there just for the parent to get out of work and be able to pick up their kid even if they were late . we still stayed there to make sure the parent got the kid.
it's a lot of stuff that people kids but help the another thing is the parents have to be involved. host: all right. here is another comment on facebook -- another person writes -- next caller is marlene from california, calling on the line for all others. good morning. caller: good morning. how are you? host: what are your thoughts this morning -- should the government be involved in reducing child care costs? caller: in response to an
earlier caller who says she and her husband are making $300,000 per year and complaining about not getting some help from the i don't have much sympathy for her, i'm sorry. however, what i do think is that is a parentarent who needs to stay home with preschool children. that would be the best solution. if the husband, for example was working full-time and not earning enough money, then the mother has to go out to work. because no sense whatever the mother is earning does not pay for the childcare and the children are best with the mother if possible.
perhaps the government can soplement the fathers income that the mother can stay home and take care of the children. i think that would be the best solution. our next caller is judy from collierville, tennessee on the line for all others. go ahead. caller: how are you doing? my husband was a truck driver. when my children got married, i decided to stay at home and take care of my grandchildren. i got materials for them to teach them. i started teaching my grandchildren at six months. i had three of my sister had to so we took a room out of my house and made it into a day care for error grandchildren. we started at the ages of 2. ,e had them writing words
calling out specifics in different areas of our united states and we took them around to different activities for children. i also sent homework home. i cap all my grandchildren up to age 4 and then i told my in a dayto put them care and when they got ready to go to kindergarten, they could interact with other children. you gave your grandkids homework to bring home to their parents? caller: i really did that. we had spelling and words and we drew pictures. we put words down in different orders so they could draw lines to it. we started out with the alphabet , adding and subtraction. host: all right, time for a few more callers in this first segment. let's go to susan in missouri.
there you are. go ahead. caller: i think that when it comes down to getting the taxes, they need to give more of a deduction. however, i think there needs to be more planning on becoming parents before you decide to the children. you have to look at what the cost is. i know that not everybody has that opportunity that i think that we are missing that. too manya, there are unwed mothers and their are too many giving away everything perfectly. that has got to stop. it's wonderful this lady was able to do this with her grandchildren but not everybody has that opportunity. i think you have to start back with the basics. can we afford to have children? if you can't, you have to stop. host: all right, last caller for
this first segment. weaver, alabama, on the line for all others. i am calling because i don't believe the government should meet dating for childcare judge should be paying for childcare. i have a stepdaughter who raised her, i could not afford to have children of my own so i didn't. what happened to responsibility? from adults who are supposed to be having these children? if you cannot afford a child, why do you have it? all right, we will leave it there because we are out of time. aboutxt segment will be election 2016. we will look at the down ballot races in the house on the senate and will be joined by the national journal plus adam llner and will look at if
republicans can stay in charge of the chambers. also we will talk about refugees. we will be right back. ♪ ♪ >> sunday at :00 p.m. on american history tv on c-span three. here's a sampling of what you will see this weekend. we visit the harriet beecher gowe on in connecticut and to anaheim, california >> if anything, this idea, this stereotype about mexicans not
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it down so it means something. on sunday at 2:00 p.m. on american history tv on c-span3, he will revisit some of the national service sites as a service celebrates its 100 anniversary this month. watch the cities tour today at 6:30 p.m. eastern on booktv and sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. on american history tv on c-span3. workingan cities tour, with their cable affiliates and visiting cities across the country. "washington journal" continues. host: joining us now is adam wollner with the national journal and is here to talk about congressional races to watch this year and whether or not republicans can hang onto to the majority in the house and the senate. thank you so much for joining us. guest: thanks for having me. host: how many seats are up for grabs this cycle? when we look on the senate side, the democrats, assuming hillary clinton wins the white house, they would need
4 seats to take back control of the upper chamber. democrats think is doable. on the house side, the republicans have a 30 seat majority in the house. even with the way we are seeing hillary clinton is expanding her leave a little bit. that will be a big hurdle for democrats to pick up that many seeds in one election. -- think they can make a sizable dent. seats theate side, 4 democrats need to take control away from the republicans, there is roughly 10 seats right now that are really in play. on the house side, there are not a lot more in play. there are really very few competitive districts. maybe two dozen maximum that are truly competitive races.
up,way things are shaping if you had to place odds, democrats would get slight odds to take back the senate while republicans should hold the house. host: on the senate side, you mentioned there are 10 seats in play. where those races? from the are working top with the seats most likely to flip. two of them are republican held in states that usually go blue. there was illinois and wisconsin. even the optimistic republicans say that will be really tough for them to hold onto those seats. those are seats that are starting to and more to the democratic side of the aisle. innwhile, a few other states the next year are indiana, pennsylvania, new hampshire, and even throw in north carolina. these are seats that are republican held.
they will be tighter and more competitive races than illinois and wisconsin where democrats have a good opportunity to pick up seats. probably the best opportunity for republicans to gain seats, you need to go to nevada where the senate minority leader harry reid is retiring. we want to let our viewers know they can join in the conversation at their questions or comments. here are the lines to call. we are also reading your dates and you can send us a message. your tweets.ding so much attention this election cycle has been focused on the top of the ticket on the battle but donald trump and hillary clinton. potentialant is the election this year in affecting
the races further down the ballot? guest: in presidential years, the top of the ticket always has a big impact because there are ine voters that have presidential years as opposed to midterm years. when you begin these new voters are voting for hillary clinton and donald trump, in the past, there was a good chance they would vote for that party down the ticket but there has been a decline in split ticket voting. that can certainly change in 2016 when you have a candidate like donald trump. democrats, even at the democratic convention, we are the speakers when they were making a push to republicans saying we know donald trump is by no means your traditional nominee. feel free to vote for hillary clinton. they don't feel comfortable with donald trump. many of the republicans in tough senate races will be able to run
a few points ahead of donald trump is voters will distinguish between rob portman the republican senator in ohio and donald trump. they are two different types of republicans but how far ahead can they run? with the margin than the states, that will have a huge impact determine which pay the senate races go. recently this chart was published that donald trump may be dragging down republican senate candidates and it shows how the donald trump declining poll numbers have impacted gop senate candidates in several contested states. candidates'polling numbers have declined as well as donald trump's numbers. he is down nine points in new hampshire. many down seven points in illinois. 4nnsylvania, both her down
and so on down the line. the only state in which a senate candidate has seen a bond in august is in ohio. how have republican candidates been trying to dance around the donald trump issue? are they coming out in support of him or are they holding back? been a tricky issue for many of these republican senate candidates to navigate. on the one hand, you cannot distance yourself from donald trump completely. outside of mark kirk in illinois was probably the most vulnerable senator running in a blue stake of a most senators are running competitive races and they will not say i will disavow donald trump completely. the same time, they have to make sure the distance themselves for controversial
comments that donald trump is making so they can win over some of the more republican leaning independents that they will need -- in their column. it has been a tricky balance and they have another 80 days to go. the democratic opponents will try to link to donald trump every step of the way. host: let's go to the phone lines, the democratic line. good morning. there are a couple of points i want to make about the united states election. all, i am a democrat and we love to call the republicans that they believe in certain things. of white people in this country are republicans and they believe in taking people's rights. this country will be different theou did not have african-american population to balance out the election in certain states.
the hispanics don't make really a difference. i will give you a statistic. of the hispanics in the united states live in 10 states, texas and california and they don't have an affect them a lot of the southern states except out west. democrats, i am a black man, they say they want immigration reform. we are not stupid. they are taking from us. get your point. any thoughts on how minority groups might impact some of the congressional races? this is an issue where the top of the ticket comes into play. donald trump is incredibly unpopular in certain ethnic groups. that will make a difference in these battleground states where minority voters play a big role like florida.
that could really hurt him. on the senate level, marco is now running for reelection. he has a good relationship with many cuban voters. he willne area where outrun donald trump and hold onto his senate seat even as -- even if hillary clinton defeats donald trump. what about hillary clinton? how are democrats in key swing states looking to her to help or hurt their cause? guest: even if she is leaving in states where there are key senate races, and the democratic senate candidates have not been unwilling to tie themselves to her. her on favorability ratings up the high as well. there is the trustworthy issue. you set up play out in the new hampshire senate race which was a tight race between kelly
and the governor of new hampshire running against her. interview ad in an few different times whether she thought hillary clinton was honest and trustworthy and she was not able to give a straight answer and eventually she said yes. hillary clinton has plenty of negatives of her own that democratic candidates have to deal with. host: here's a clip of that interview on cnn. >> do you think she is honest and trustworthy? >> i support hillary clinton for the presidency because of her experience and record what you demonstrated she is qualified to hold the job. >> do you think she is honest? >> she has a critical plan among others for making college more affordable. >> do you think she is trustworthy? >> i think she has demonstrated a commitment to something beyond herself, bigger than herself. host: let's turn to the phone
lines. your opinion on the down ballot elections, brian from washington, d.c., independent line. caller: how are you doing? i wonder if you could address whether or not republicans would be having such a majority if there was not this extreme gerrymandering going on? can you address the rules and how gerrymandering actually affects some of these districts? they don't look like they represent. how do people go about changing those? issue facings an democrats this year which could wind up looking good if hillary clinton gets elected. posy -- ahave a pretty positive effect. a lot of districts are drawn in
a way that makes them pretty uncompetitive. there is really only a couple of dozen house prices that are truly competitive. states, the redistricting process is controlled by the party in power in that state and republicans have success in recent years at the state winning governorship's and state houses and it's those republicans who are in charge of drawing the districts. on 2020s are focused and terms of taking over the house. death when they think they can take back control of some of these state houses and they will be in charge of drawing some of the districts parent --. have a smallys percentage of all these house seats that will be competitive every two years. which house seats do you think of the most in play? there are quite a few.
, the 10th district, which is northern district. in colorado, colorado's six , a spanish speaking republican lawmaker. ad he saysnteresting stand up to donald trump and hillary clinton. i think a lot of these races suburban districts where republicans may have a slight advantage, but donald trump has struggled among white, college educated voters. in 2012, had them. those will be in key battleground states. it will be suburban districts will be the one to watch this fall. host: the democratic line, victor. go ahead. caller: good morning.
aboutyou all please see not publishing the opinion polls ? they do in fact -- affect elections. i know people who have voted because of them. and i know people who did not go to vote because they thought they would lose. my comment is that the american people have got to wake up and do something about this mass. the most effective way i can defeatf is they ought to every single incumbent. but they need to do more than that. over, we election is need to come together and find a way how we can make our elections more competitive and
more equal for everybody. host: we hear you. to his point, about the polls, that is an issue for both sides as we get to november. there is a disparity between hillary clinton and donald trump. many republicans may stay away. and for hillary clinton, democrats are up so much, why should i show up because she already has it in the back. bag.n the b still keysteve -- house races. host: are the parties trying to put that message out yet? the sure you don't forget other election at stake here? guest: absolutely.
they are holding rallies in some of these battleground states. there are some other important races that you guys should vote for when you go to the polls. phillip in washington, good morning. trump is a bit confusing to me. he has run as antiestablishment but he seems to swing back and forth in his support of his own party. how will could predict he be greeted by the congress? will the republicans were with him or do you think he may be depending more on democrats? he certainly has burned a bridgesidges with -- with republican leaders. trump were held
to pull off an upset he would have a lot of work to do to repair his relationships, i think it is good if he ultimately won the white house he would come around to the fact them.e would work with i'm getting very disillusioned as a democrat. i supported bernie sanders, and they said they wanted to push hillary to hope that progressives are elected to we have alan grayson a wonderful progressive, he is well known nationally in florida. he is running against a so-called other democrats, who used to be republican, pat murphy. i received in the mail a letter from pat murphy saying obama and brighton have endorsed him.
harry reid and that democratic party have tossed a good man under the bus. hillary says the democratic party will help the progress -- get progressives elected she lied again. requests forf donations from the party. in 2013, i was getting letters from a group called ready for hillary, this super pac. they wanted money every week. some in the already were angry because she continue this fundraising right up to the midterm election, which took people who are running for congress. i don't trust or believe her. host: will you vote in november? i think she might be gone. you're getting into that
florida senate race a little bit. also when it comes to these leaders on both sides of the aisle their foremost concern is electability, who can win this race. patrick murphy and ellis -- alan grayson. both would face an uphill battle against marco rubio. polling that has been going -- patrick murphy puts up a better fight than alan grayson. has some bags that he would have to bring along and it would make it tough for him to win florida. i joe biden might get behind put up murphy, he would the best fight against marco rubio. host: florida has yet to hold its primary. guest: florida still has to hold
a primary election. patrick murphy is a pretty heavy favorite in that race. from northel carolina on the republican mind. caller: the main point i want to to make is between the two candidates i don't see the american people winning. hillary clinton does have some trust issues. i have been following your since whitewater, benghazi, etc.. i feel there is a trust issue there. on the other side, i look to trump and he can be very insulting. is this the kind of guy i want to represent our country? yes he recently apologized for several things, but what is the real trump? i just see the american people winning with either of these candidates. i think that sentiment is felt
from a lot of people. i don't know if it is majority but a lot of people feel this way. , her planmrs. clinton talks about she will increase on the wealthy. but generally when i see id. that, there increase socialism and taxes and increase the military. host: that's michael and north carolina. let's talk a little bit about that istion in arizona going on, john mccain versus and kirkpatrick. guest: it's a pretty interesting state. it's solidly in the republican column every election. it is becoming more of a battleground state on the presidential side with donald trump at the top of the ticket. recent polls have shown trump and clinton running neck and neck there.
that will have a pretty big impact on the senate race. maybe one of the more tougher reelection campaigns of his career. one thing that mccain is banking , voters in arizona now john mccain, they have seen him in action for a long time. they can distinguish between mccain and trump. that race has become a lot more competitive. that race becomes one that is competitive, that increases the democrats out of retaking the senate seat. representative ann kirkpatrick from arizona at. tojohn
support donald trump 50 times. never been a big fan of john mccain. i hate the way our veterans have been treated by john. i like people who were not dust captured.n >> i said i support john mccain. judgeshe got to pick her , nothing you can do, folks. the second amendment people, maybe there is good i don't know. >> are you comfortable with donald trump possibly having control of the arsenal? if i change my mind i will let you know. >> the only thing that has changed is john mccain. >> i'm ann kirkpatrick and i approve this message. a little
this, is this something you will see from other democratic challengers? guest: these are the types of ads that republican senators will be facing now through november. trump as aort donald nominee? -- even the language you hear donald -- john mccain of ads,ese are the type probably the most effective in some of these battleground states good for those who don't for donald trump, or voted john mccain, seeing themselves supporting so like donald trump. democrats hope that will change our minds. ambroise atlanta,
intoecision to go [indiscernible] i am african-american. [indiscernible] host: that's ambroise from maryland. daniel will be next from louisville, kentucky calling on the republican line. go ahead. please call the a couplea primary vote months ago, were days before that vote the polls were saying bernie sanders was running
neck and bernie sanders was rung neck and neck with hillary, but hillary was running slightly ahead. but hillary got almost a million votes and bernie sanders only got just over a half a million votes. forward totle bit where the brexit vote u.s. polls kept telling us that the state vote was running slightly ahead of the leave though. but yet believe oh one by over one million votes -- but yet the leave float one by over a million votes. the polling actually has been pretty reliable.
and primary polling is different from general election polling. rather than looking at individual polls the best thing to do is look at the aggregate. ,ooking right now at the polls some polls may have her up by double-digit, some may only have her up by single digits. a lot can change between now and november. that should be reason to have some skepticism on some of the polls. the point has been pretty good so far. host: did any of the down ballot races receive a bump or change momentum after the party's convention? guest: it's getting an overall broader trend that democrats that generally gained a little
bit. there isn't as much polling and senate -- in senate and especially house races. conventions, you saw a lot of candidates experienced a slight bump. host: here's a story that ran in the l.a. times that says republicans are being forced to spend resources. how is that outside money influencing some of these elections? the massive spending advantage that hillary clinton because one like you mentioned a lot of these areitional outside groups
almost a lost cause at this point. donald trump just recently launched his tv ad. the koch brothers are focusing their efforts on these key senate races. that will give these republican senators a boost. clinton, -- and hillary clinton's -- some will want to run on her coat hill -- on her heels as well. out completely. jason from homestead, florida. guest: good morning. about is aalk
democrat how the party is -- as how they areerican overlooking african-americans to support the different elections , donald trump is right. i'm a democrat on paper, but in how do weg is continue to move forward. i am supporting -- and supporting the democrats when bill clinton was in the white policies wenttion to compare those as well. but republicans are trying to change it now, i feel for myself , i most likely will vote for donald trump for presidency, because something has to give. there is no way for for the
economic community to move forward with the democratic party. guest: i think that's weeks to more voting in 2016 only half because is not the typical republican nominee. he has high on favorability ratings. on the flipside a lot of voters are very unhappy with hillary clinton. she also has very high on they justty ratings, don't want to change things up little bit. donald trump may be a more appealing option to them. they may want to see a different kind of president in the white house. host: earl on the republican line calling from prewar, north
carolina. good morning. caller: i would like to make a to thent in regard republican conservatives and independents. conservativefloat or republican than you are abdicating our future to left-wing spree -- supreme court. if hillary becomes the next president, the supreme court will be stacked. it will be devastating to the country. please think about your vote , and think about if you don't vote you are still voting for hillary. thanks. host: let's hear now from james who lives in providence, rhode island, on the democratic line. what you're saying earlier that the republicans will be spending more time and
resources defending their association with. that what are the chances that republicans will keep the seats? again, it depends on race by race. you look at some of these key senate races, the more competitive they are, in ohio trump is actually two points away from hillary clinton. in pennsylvania, it's a different story where donald trump is down as much as 10 points. pat's program with stronger the 10 pointt advantage that hillary clinton has over trump is too much for someone like pat toomey to overcome. even if donald trump can't win those, they are hoping he can keep it close and not.
host: do you have any sense yet on how t.r. knight -- turn out can affect the race? if people stay home is it because because they don't want to vote for hillary clinton? it's too early to say at this point. a lot of the get out the vote efforts are going to get away -- underway after labor day. you will see some people casting their ballots. it will be an issue for both sides, on the democratic side, sure, she has a comfortable lead. republicans, even if it doesn't look like donald trump as much as a chance, there are
still a lot of other senate and .ouse race is it's interesting to see how they direct their get out the vote effort this fall. host: toledo, ohio on the independent line. caller: high, i'm an independent. i will support rob portman. but the race i am most interested in and that of wisconsin. i think ron johnson is probably the dutch person -- is the person. he seems to be the right guy that says all the right stuff. in wisconsin he seems to care and be the guy.
it's disappointing to hear he is in such a tight race. we have ron johnson as the second-most vulnerable senator of for reelection. wisconsin, while it goes red in off years, he won his seat in 2010. now, ron johnson has a formidable opponent in rest feingold. feingold seems to have the advantage. host: louisiana on the democratic line. go ahead. caller: good morning. we got in to congress,
how did they get there? party, debating president obama. just one of long -- them like donald trump said all these things until he got the people's attention. host: that's many from new orleans, louisiana. let's turn to a battleground state, jacksonville, florida. what do you think? thinking about this election and how telling it has been sent donald trump has been on it. who isly lets you know
thinking about party versus country. i have gotten so much respect who are ofpublicans value to their party but are more aligned with their country. --y know that donald trump about the supreme court saying, that's really important. i am a democrat and a christian. seems like in most cases a democrat has more christian dohts than the conservatives . to talk about love and caring and being welcoming to all people. , i'mthe supreme court thinking we do need a democrat the wayate, because they thought the judge that
died, scalia -- i saw his decisions. i saw what the court was like read i decided corporations 90% of the time when the people go to the corporations it was for the co-op -- corporations. host: we hear you this morning. your thoughts? guest: the supreme court has been a big issue in this campaign and the number one argument from republican leaders to skeptical republican voters. we know you don't agree with donald trump and everything, but we have this opening in the supreme court with the chance that more openings will come up over the next four years. would you rather have donald trump picking nose or hillary clinton? not agree withl you hillary clinton picks. that's an argument we hear a lot
about. virginia beach, virginia on the independent line. go ahead. caller: i'm not really in independent. i vote for people not a party. that votes for a party is throwing away their vote. i can't believe that donald trump has the guts to call --ebody ugly, to talk about to talk about hillary being stupid. she has more brains in her little finger than he has in common sense. host: we have time for one more color with our guest. gabriel, republican from fort lauderdale, florida. what do you say? caller: very good morning. in my opinion, i commend donald
-- there are -- i wish the republican party can havee, let's have, let's pants. --ill vote for pants and pence. there are some candidates that are keeping a distance to the donald trump because they know he becomes a liability against them, against the congress. if they don't keep the donaldance and they give
trump the blind support we will lose big. i am very concerned because i believe that should be both parties should have a balance of power and right now, it can be a big defeat against republicans because donald trump, i don't support at all. thought?al guest: some republicans may be encouraged to answer like that. i may not like him but i will still voting for a republican. will be the most interesting thing to watch over the next several weeks. how the senate candidates navigate their ties to donald trump. they don't want to risk losing some more of their independent constituents. thank you so much for
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america. >> there were no poor white ghettos in places like indianapolis, chicago, and they were described in many of the same derogatory ways of poor blacks living in the city. that is part of our history that we don't talk about. we don't want to face up to the fact of how important it is. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's key monday. -- q&a. we have alicia caldwell the homeland and security reporter. about here to talk excepting 10,000 syrian refugees and to the united states. let's start with the story that you said the u.s. is poised to hit this target? how many refugees have been accepted into the u.s. already?
at 7900. far we are they are much closer to the cap that they had set. advocates a lot of for more refugees who are very concerned that the number -- numbers were low and the process was slow at that stage. ,t this point, you are on track 2000 shot. in the next two months as a fiscal year comes to an end they will hit the mark. host: what has been some of the delay in expecting more refugees entering the country? guest: the obama administration said it is a complicated process. those involved in the vetting on the other side, the advocacy side, it is a very, kate a process. there are multiple years in most cases of waiting.
u.n., highith the commissioner on refugees, put into the system that way. tted throughou are v a variety of system. if the disk -- if the u.s. decides to pick you, then the vetting picks with united states. the fingerprints, biographical friends,r jobs, your etc.. critics say social media is not all that fruitful these days. people always don't have things set in a public manner. they are checking so she him media -- social media. documents,ecking etc..
how long did that vetting process take? guest: the u.s. has said it can take 18-24 for the new refugees. it can be longer for syrians. you are coming from a country who is by most accounts as a country as we would know it. there is a lot of documents and paperwork verifying that they are and where they have been. it is still a lengthy process. they are taking a very close. it can be upward of three years for some people to fully finish the process and be selected to come to the united dates. , somethingome people doesn't add up or isn't answerable. the u.s. can simply say, move to the next person.
you don't have to take everybody. the u.s. doesn't take everybody. it's a matter of who they take and how they want to do it. when they get to a point where they feel comfortable with you, they feel comfortable about where you have been and the things you have done. i mean u.s. law enforcement and the department of homeland security, if you will. host: here's the information on the state department, exactly what refugees see once a cell here in the u.s.. their application must be made by a individual. they are required to get basic needs come after their arrival ofy receive a one-time grant $425 per person that does not have to be repaid.
refugees are required to apply readjustments status, they can apply for citizenship. the payment begins within six months on a interest-free travel on. that's established in the refugee act of 1980. southeast asian refugees many folks coming in from cambodia, vietnam and so on. vetting,ence in the , well i so these pictures of these massive camps at military bases in the united states. what about that?
the marine corps base in san diego. that's not happening. the idea that folks would be brought have -- here and then process, it was done in 1998 as well, that is not happening. inryone is being processed their home country or in a refugee camp. then cleared and then arriving. we have seen a big transition and how things are done. the first big push in the late 70's into the early 80's. in the late 1990's, these cities are not happening. this happens on a much smaller scale. you can also send her
thoughts on twitter. security concerns obviously from refugees in syria . look at the story in the washington post that ran in april. of theribes the path people who are accused in the terrorist and brussels attacks took from microcap said to europe. migrants,ajority of but over the last three-month some migrants have been arrested or die for carrie and acts of terrorism. how sure is it? guest: those are two different issues. when someone comes from syria
and goes into europe, they are going overland, with the what we have seen going to turkey into greece. it's a short time over water, but you will get to the united states. coming from zero into mainline europe they are going over land and being smuggled or dodging law enforcement on their border security. if you are coming to the u.s., someone has to put you on a plane. , we have other routes seen people go through south america and central america to try to make it into the united states. what happened in europe so for his not being replicated so far in the united states. think of it much like we have a
central american issue on the border right now. our reaction to them by and large is like trying to stop , we should apprehend them at the border. officials are trying to stop those movements overland. if somee question is refugees are able to make it helpede camps, and being in parts of eastern or western drawing frome then a pool that we think are legitimate refugees and some of these can? is that a possible weak link in the system? guest: to the best of my knowledge we are not receiving refugees from western or eastern europe. that is been handled by european authority. the refugees we are talking
about from an and turkey, they are from their refugee camps in their home region. they are being project -- process first are the united nations and on the united states. there are countries all over the world that are accepting refugees. most of western europe is excepting some level of refugee s. 3000 syrians refugees in the coming year. that's a different situation that folks coming to the united states. is it possible? anything is possible. you would need to speak to somebody smarter than i am on the subject. how the process will work to prevent that. we have not had the issue so far. then have in the past vetting issues with some
refugees to iraqi refugees. they were accused of plotting the carry out attacks in iraq. they were arrested before anyone could happen there or here of their doing. closed.phole has been after their arrest, the refugees was almost halted for over year. it was a communication breakdown. two individuals who were later arrested were not in the united states. , but so farissues was syrians there has not been known problems. host: we will take a first
massachusetts on the democratic line. caller: i'm curious, first of attackst some of the triumph and some of the republican jews as far as these refugees being possible terrorists, it's outrageous. i don't think a terrorist will wait for two and a half years and it came to come into this country to do an act of terrorism. they have capable means to get to the country. held for these people two and half years while they're being approved? they are basically housed in housing and refugee camps all over the region throughout the , lebanon has
accepted a number of individuals they are trying to process. you don't walk into the refugee office and say i'd like to go to tucson, arizona area -- arizona. those individuals -- you're basically going from a refugee can recognize by the u.n. there is a similar situation in other refugee camp's. other parts of sub-saharan -- sub-saharan africa were spending years in refugee camp's. u.s. host: how does the except a refugee into the country compared to how other consideredhat were
potential refugees? guest: i don't have the court -- answers for the. individuals who are fleeing from war and so on, it can't be a situation where i really don't like where i live here not a fan of mexico city or istanbul or name your spot. you have to be in a position where you generally need relief , where it isrnment no longer safe for you to be where you are you in terms of the and devote -- individual criteria, another country -- i couldn't speak to that. , you are in a protected class. that's gender -- generally the standard. , from flint,
michigan on the republican line. caller: hello. of the syrianor refugees coming in, because by the simple fact that the terrorist group they said they and that'strate probably what they have done. when the gentleman says, i don't think they're going to wait two years, yes, they will. another point i want to make is this. my wife passed away from colon cancer about six months ago. requested foro, i her niece to just visit her before she died. the u.s. embassy didn't even look at the letter from the , had no sympathy, no
compassion. that's just for a visit. country?re was the caller: cambodia. a story was recently run a said many support syrian refugees coming to the country. how has the most support for syrian refugees played out in this process come in terms of the government or the ability to move forward on this issue? guest: i don't know specifically that poll. that poll has not appear to play a role in the obama administration on accepting refugees, other than earlier this year the president said we would accept 10,000 from syria.
global refugees to 85,000. generally each region has a cap within that total of 75,000. so far up all of nature has not impacted them. the presidential campaign donald trump has said no, we will shut this down until we know what the heck is going on. we will see what happens with that. the election will determine the future of this particular brand of refugee program. clinton said to of the anti-and and exceptard upwards of a hundred thousand. the u.s. is on the smaller side of syrian refugee acceptance when you compared to europe. that's for some deals to gauge in terms of whether that is good
or bad. here is donald trump speaking about hillary clinton refugee policy. >> hillary clinton wants to be america's angel. disasternow what a this massive immigration has been to germany and the people of germany. crime has risen to levels that no one thought they would ever see. it is a catastrophe. we have enough problems in our country. we don't need more. she is talking about the toma administration's plan accept 10,000 syrian refugees into the country. from theom you now, independent line. caller: thanks.
c-span for taking my call. she asked what our affiliation is -- my question is what is her affiliation number one. a number two, who is paying to get the refugees here to the united states? and who will be responsible for the safety and security of americans due to the refugees coming into the united states? guest: i don't have an affiliation. who is responsible for things?
the u.s. government spent $1.2 billion on refugee resettlement annually. are eligible for some public benefits upon stipend but that is to be repaid. there is a $400 allotment given to each refugee, each member of the family upon arrival. you are entitled to receive basic sizing, place a live, they want basic furniture and basic kitchen, basic clothing for the .nvironment jobs, you have to go out and get a job. that's a requirement. you have to be looking for.
relief services in about 30 days. upon arrival, the government doesn't say go find a job. they work with you to find a way her skills are and try to get to a job. you are legally eligible to work . it's a matter of who wants to hire this individual. in terms of security of the u.s. suet -- citizens and so on, that's an awkward question because of presupposes refugees will bring crime or fired -- violence or something dangerous to the public. we have not seen that necessarily. i would say about the law enforcement would do what they have been doing. at this point upon arrival, they bye been vetted by a variety law enforcement agencies and so on. it is read by the department of homeland security, but there is no oversight of on a daily basis
someone whowatching has just arrived in the country. you start the process of integrating into the united states quickly. there is no hangup for six months and do what you do. systems there a support for them once they are settled? you mention they receive some public benefits, but is there a support network that helps them? guest: there are eight agencies around the country that help relocate these individuals to a variety of these. city, irrive in kansas don't know the eight agencies, or large agencies. you admit with those folks and they would get you settled in your apartment and help you find
a job. that is your outlet, your network of assistance. again, you integrate yourself into the community. you join a church or otherwise alone,are not entirely but there is not anyone s.rrounding you at all time it will be a little bit different in every community, depending on when you arrive. if you are in a big city there might be a wider net. if you are in a smaller place there might be a smaller net. -- itht be easier for you varies entirely on where you are resettled. map of where a syrian refugees have been resettled in the u.s.. the larger dots are places where there are more refugees. texas is a state that has accepted many as well as
california and florida as well. and the northeast corridor. let's go to new haven, connecticut on the democrat line. he has a -- he has already addressed some of the questions you with so many americans losing jobs, cannot find a job or must take a job that is lower paying that they normally would take, so many homeless people here in the u.s. -- as far as housing, if that's the case, why can we not find .ousing for the homeless many people are losing medical insurance. a lot of social programs, the amount of money has been cut for americans. it looks like it will be more
refugees coming into the country than there are americans. what impact does that have eventually on the status of americans compared to refugees? not sure how to answer that. 30 5000 people that share, refugees will be accepted and resettled into the united states. refugees won't eclipse americans. but second, in terms of housing, yes. -- aarrival, refugee refugee family or individual will be placed into an apartment or house, somewhere to live. it doesn't necessarily take away otherousing
capacity. this is not a forever situation in terms of the government or any other entity in terms of the apartment or other residence. it is a starter to get you going. these individuals are going out and getting jobs, and on the job front, it is not a situation similar to many other complaints with folks in the country illegally who get jobs -- this is a situation where upon arrival, you are eligible to work, and you go out and find a job based on your skills. is it possible that some people will not get hired or will get hired over someone else who has essentially been in that community longer? in anyg is possible, but case, you and i go out for the job, i just arrived, i do not get it. perhaps you have a better resume and perhaps you win the job.
it is that situation. there is no preference given to refugees. host: here are a few comments from twitter -- 22 honor our commitments and raise the number of refugees we accept and integrate them into our communities. another person writes, "no one i knows what goes on with accepting the refugees. it is our best guest." edna from new jersey, what are your thoughts this morning? caller: this morning, i heard a that on another channel children,dren, -- saw supposedly, were suing because they did not like the school they were placed in and they want to go to a better school. they want the government to pay
for instructors in their language to change the curriculum. if you are 21 in high school and you're not happy with what we provide for you here, you can go back to syria if you are so unhappy with america that you have to sue them. host: all right, that is edna from monroe township, new jersey. eleanor is on the democratic line from champaign, illinois. go ahead. caller: hi. i am interested in either .osting a family our church is interested in considering this idea. i am interested in the process. i am also interested in if seniors can taken a syrian refugee, if they are active. i am just interested in this process because i think it is a good idea.
there are too many children and families that are being blown up. we do not have that happening all over our country. so not being in that world myself directly, i do not have a good answer. i feel like i have said that a lot this morning. eleanor would need to reach out to her local aid agency, her local refugee agency, again, via catholic charities group and services, there are a mountain of aid agencies, starting with the u.s. committee on refugees and immigrants. they are one of the seven big agencies that coordinate. areauld just depend on her and what the need is. i believe, again, she would have to talk to somebody smarter on that front than me. host: let's turn now to kelly from bluefield, west virginia on the independent line.
kelly, go ahead. caller: yes, we have already got 11 million undocumented thatrants in this country is a drain on the economy of the united states. the state has an obligation to its own citizens first. you are talking about taking in more and more refugees. the american taxpayers are the ones splitting the bill. you say they are providing housing for them. how about housing for those people that are out on the streets? host: all right, that is kelly from bluefield, res west virginia feared a question from twitter -- are there any middle eastern countries accepting refugees? someone hasng once refugee status? i believe so.
lebanon in particular has seen a significant influx of people into the area. i believe turkey is in the same situation. what we are seeing is an outflow from that region. ofre has been a lot discussion on the campaign trail, "well, all of these middle eastern countries should simply take everyone." that is beyond my wheelhouse, it gets into a global dynamic that i am not familiar enough with. eleanorr our caller belden earlier, public radio international have a list of charities that have been working with syrian refugees, including refugees welcome, migrant aidshore eight stag --- station, and you can find a full list online. our next call on
the republican line. caller: good morning. host: what is your thought or your question? caller: i have a thought before my question. a lot of callers -- that is just wrong what is going on with this refugee talk right now. a lot of people are just talking about -- number one, most refugees, like over 90% of them from the iraq war that came over from our country, only three of them or two of them out of all of those people were connected with terrorism in any way. most of the terrorism we face in the united states of america are american, even if they are radicalized. they are americans. they are not usually coming from other parts of the globe. also, the most troubling thing is that the rhetoric about, "oh, why don't we take the refugees in over the homeless?" i mean, we have these problems, do not get me wrong, but when you leave the refugees there,
when you put them in trouble, like, in collateral damage situations for drone strikes, you have to think about the fact that isis is going to recruit those people. if they do not want to fight with them, they are going to kill them. we have to bring the refugees in the same way we brought the refugees from iraq in in order to save ourselves from having more radicalized people. one thing about illegal immigrants that i -- i am not all for illegal immigration, but they do pay taxes. people do not realize that. in 2013, it was like, $11.5 billion in taxes that were paid by immigrants. so my question would be -- how that debunk these myths surround refugees mother parts of the world so that we can get it more of a proper discourse in order to help out pretty much this whole entire situation that is going on? know, itwould say, you is hard to categorize everything as a myth.
certainly when we look at europe and the things that have gone on, in belgium in particular, there certainly are concerns. they have a different process by which people are arriving in their countries. there are also multigenerational issues, multi-general migration over the course of history that a lot of individuals involved in these attacks are from those regions. originally, though, their parents or grandparents may have been from another region. same situation in the united states in terms of many of the individuals are in fact united states citizens. look at florida, the orlando shooter. the attacker there was born and i believe the u.s. so there is a multitude of issues. it is hard to really dismiss anything as a myth per se. it is a great unknown. it is a great unknown on both sides, and as long as we have
concerns or issues with people moving in the mass volumes that they are, there are going to be questions -- who really wants to be in the united states? is there somebody who is trying to get into the united states if there is the or for various purposes? those are all unknown. the obama administration says look, we are going every way we can. the fbi director said, can i guarantee 100%? absolutely not. some take that as a free-for-all. there is always an unknown in the future. you cannot promise that because alicia was born in the united states that 10 years, 20 years, or six months, something may not change, something may not snap and something occurs. there is a great unknown. again, i think it would be a little bit unfair to both sides to simply dismiss as myth.
there are concerns. we cannot discount those. one of the ways we can address those is through the vetting process. what can you tell us about what is involved in that office proc, and what are some of the factors that an agency will look at to determine whether or not summary is eligibl -- somebody is eligible to come into the u.s.? are verifying exactly who you are and from where you have come. when you have been at a refugee camp for multiple years, it could be a little bit more complicated to verify if i lived in aleppo for this period of time, i went to this cool, i had this job, because that school existat job may not because of the situation in aleppo. now you have been in jordan or turkey for 3, 4 years or in many cases, these folks lost their
home. flees syria and immediately goes to syria, turkey, and on to europe. in many cases, you have people who have been waiting it out in in a home country or displaced persons camp in a different part of the country or even outside the country, obviously. obviously if you are in a database of a known or suspected somebody with ties for terrorism, that will be a no go. if you are somehow tangentially connected, probably a no go. if we have never heard of you, there is no record on you, there is not any negative information, then it is a decision. n lawe vetters i enforcement and the intelligence community believe what you are telling them?
the exact process of who gets to come in who does not, i could not speak to, but generally speaking, the process is -- can i verify what you are telling me, can i verify who you are first and foremost, and all of your connections? and again, they are using social media. that is an imperfect system, obviously, because her house -- it is asomebody complicated process. look at the advantage of saying we do not know, so we will just say no, and then move onto the next person. there is a multitude of able from which the united states can choose to relocate to the united states. not everybody gets the conch, not everybody gets to come, obviously -- not everybody gets to come, obviously. host: let's get to gil from
california on the democratic line. did i get that right? caller: yes. host: ok. go ahead with your thoughts. --ler: my thoughts is this and i am a democrat -- they want to bring over 10,000 refugees from countries that we cannot honestly verify. quality verification of who they are. out of theperson 10,000 is allowed to come into our country, and if one of those up becoming a terrorist and kills one american citizen -- just one american citizen -- then it is not worth bringing in 10,000 people for one american life under any circumstances. believe that this country is built on and is great because of the policies we have of ringing
but under the situation, until we can honestly , then -- ey are host: all right, that is gil from california. here is tom from dayton, ohio on the internet line. tom, go ahead. caller: this guy who just got off the phone, he is exactly right. there may be a few casualties, and that is better for the world. host: that is tom in ohio. alicia caldwell? i have never heard the government say, "if we lose one, it is cool." i've never heard it from either side. it is all fun and games until something happens, and that is everybody's worst nightmare.
but that has not happened. again, the two individuals in kentucky who were iraqi refugees notwithstanding, to date, we do not have any nexus or anythingrefugees of that sort. as i said earlier, there is an unknown. i think it is unfair to dismiss everything as a myth potentially, but what we know is what we know. there has not been an effort, an attack, or anything of that sort from syrian refugees. there is a lot of unknown, there is a lot of fear. is this the right thing to do? is what hasell you happened, what the result is, and where we sit today which is, again, we have not had incidents. host: i will ask color for the segment is frank in new jersey calling on the republican line. caller for the
segment is frank in new jersey calling on the republican line. caller: i want to make an interjection into this argument. effect that russia and iran pretty much have control over the area, all of the oil goes east, so i think the east should take these immigrants, period. it is common sense. host: all right, frank, we will have to leave it there because we're just about out of time. alicia caldwell, any last-minute thoughts? guest: it is a complicated issue. there is no getting around it. i think temperaments on this run high. the administration has, again, they are doing everything possible to negate concerns. dispel one to th myth, again, according to the aid agencies and the federal government, individuals coming from syria are more papered, if you will.
there are lots of records prior to the current events. there were lots of records available. now, those things change over time, right? you have people who are living in war-torn towns or cities or have relocated to camps who are spending multiple years in those camps, and that paper trail dies off at a certain stage, and it makes it more complicated. again, the administration says they're going through every process possible to vet individuals. can you go into the future, do you have a crystal ball that says this group of people may do this or that in x period of time? if you have a crystal ball, i would love it -- the lottery is calling my name -- but such a thing does not exist. host: alicia caldwell, thank you so much this morning. coming up next, the federal government offering assistance to the louisiana floods.
we want to get a sense of your confidence in the government's disaster release. interviewl air an with roger stone tomorrow at 10 oh a.m. and 6:00 p.m., he commented on what to expect from donald trump and hillary clinton. the first debate is in new york. roger: we do not know where he will come at hillary, we do not know if it will come to bill -- sellingling missile guidance secrets to chinese for campaign contributions, or the incarceration of black men, incarceration for nonviolent crimes, including the position of small amount of drugs, a bill becauselary said was
blacks were super predators who needed to be brought to heel. focusrhaps he will on the clinton foundation, or perhaps he will focus on does finend hillary before congress, or perhaps it will be that she told us to congress regarding her e-mail. you never know where donald trump might come, but he is a brawler, and if she attacked him as a misogynist again, she will be opening the door to the full brodrick, paula , eileeniz ward grayson wellstone, shall i continue? >> would you advise donald trump to bring up bill clinton's past? would you advise him to bring up the lewinsky scandal, paula
jones, or anything like that? is notbill clinton running to president. use thery clinton campaign to bully those women into silence. that is a provable facts, and i expect that every fall, many of these women will be speaking out. i know that the clintonistas, the thugs that surround the clintons will work to discredit --m am a oh, they are liars that is false. anyone who has been through rape for sexual assault is not want to relive it, particularly in the newspapers. >> "washington journal" continues. rest of this next o morning's show, we will talk about disaster releas relief. you can call us at (202) 748-8000 if you live in the
central or eastern time zone. those in the mountain or pacific time zones, your number is (202) 748-8001. and specialize open for louisiana residents, that number is (202) 748-8002 because we are going to be talking especially about the flooding that we have seen so far in louisiana. here is some information from cnn on the amount of rainfall that louisiana has seen. that is a lot of zeros up there on your screen. 6.9 trillion gallons of rain between august 8 and august 14. that is enough to fill more than 10.4 million olympic sized swimming pools. all of that has caused devastation and destruction across the state. according to cnn, there have been 13 deaths and at least $30 million worth of damage done so far. the costliest u.s. flood -- hurricane katrina and 2005 -- was $16.3 billion of damage.
$2.7cane ike in 2008 was billion. newspaper in" baton rouge has been calling for president obama to visit the site of the disaster and the damage. , put together this editorial not, aews: vacation or hurting louisiana needs you now, president obama." now the floodwaters ravaging louisiana are receiving, it is time for president obama to union.his state in the
host: now just yesterday, president obama did announce that he will be visiting louisiana on tuesday. here is a story from nola.com. president barack obama will visit baton rouge on tuesday. he will get a firsthand look at the catastrophic flooding across louisiana. in a statement, the president that he is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts. the president declared a federal the state.r wha
the sheer security logistics would hamper the state-managed recovery appeared on the phone online, we have elizabeth chris, a reporter for "the advocate" newspaper in louisiana. she is here to talk about flooding in baton rouge and across the state and to give us the status. joining too much for talk to us this morning. guest: thanks for having me. host: what is it like down there? what have you seen, and how much water remains? guest: the floodwaters have receded significantly. we have just one parish left, i believe, with water still into the homes that they are trying to clear out. fortunate overry the past couple of days to have good weather, which is always helpful. a lot of people on the ground
working the recovery, trying to clear out homes, start the rebuilding process. of thehat has the role federal government been so far in assisting in that effort? guest: the federal government on monday, there were two top regional officials from fema. then we had the fema administrator come in. the department of homeland came in.head there have been a lot of people here providing updates. the president has not been here, and that is a point that a lot of people were concerned about, not just from him not being here but you know, i think there are a lot of people in louisiana who feel like this is not gotten the attention, and
perhaps that will lead to fewer donations, but a lot of people, having the president here, they feel like that would send a clear message to the rest of the country that this is serious and louisiana is hurting right now. host: one person who has visited louisiana is donald trump. i can see from your story that you were following him yesterday during his visit. tell us about how that went. guest: yeah, so, donald trump came yesterday, and he spent over three hours here going to the hardest hit areas of the state, going into neighborhoods, talking to people who have lost their homes. viewing the recovery efforts with national guardsmen who have been assisting with the recovery. many of those lost everything in the flood. a lot of these areas are typically republican strongholds
that he went into. so there was a huge -- i spoke to one official that told me that he felt like it was itpiring to people, and that gave a brightpoint to a lot of a lot, andhave lost just talking to people who came out -- they do not have anything. they lost their homes. talked to, all he had left was his truck, and he could hear on the radio that donald trump was going to be in town, so he came out just to get to see him, and he got his shirt signed. he was almost brought to tears by it. it was pretty remarkable. host: and you said in terms of the media attention that this disaster has received, it does not seem like it has been as great as other news stories or
other previous disasters like hurricane katrina. are there any lessons learned from hurricane katrina that the state has been able to implement in its response to this flooding this year? know, hurricane katrina -- louisiana has experienced other hurricanes since then. new governor now. he just took office in january. i think that has been at the forefront of a lot of people's minds, that we do not want this to be another katrina. fema and dhs are here on the ground to see it firsthand and send a signal. rode with thewrote governor, some fema officials, and several officials from the state to some of the flood where they talked
to political officials, and even that early in the response -- the death toll was still rising at that point, but they wanted to get on the ground and try to make sure that they were sending a clear message to people. i think that was so important, and i heard that over and over again from officials. after katrina, i think a lot of people felt like they were sort of left in the dark and did not really know where to go from bad. -- from that. now, people seem to be a lot more prepared and ready to transition to the recovery mode. host: all right, that is elizabeth crisp from the "advocate" newspaper. thank you for taking the time to call us this morning. guest: thanks for having me on. host: let's turn now to your thoughts. do you have confidence in the government to handle disaster relief? let's hear from joel in charlotte, tennessee. what do you think? caller: good morning, c-span.
host: good morning, joel. caller: i wanted to say -- i am sure that the american people are going to take care of louisiana down there, not a problem. the only thing that gets me is how trump went there yesterday and probably wasted $3 million to $5 million worth of money that those people could have used for their disaster relief. i mean, he went over there for a photo op, down there for a photo on, and wasted all that money, i ngan, that was taki resources from those people, and that is extra money the u.s. government will have to come up with. host: all right, joel from tennessee. here is the story from elizabeth crisp in "the advocate." donald trump and his running mate mike pence travel to baton rouge on friday to visit flood victims and survey damage that
has killed 13 people and displaced thousands across southeastern louisiana. in a speech, he talked about his tour of devastation in louisiana. he says he mourned for lives lost and offers comfort and support for everyone. the people of louisiana, we are with you, and we will always be with you. in a post on facebook, hillary clinton she has been touch with louisiana's governor, and she toed people to donate recovery efforts, but her campaign does not have the plan to travel to louisiana. laura, do you trust the government to handle disaster relief? caller: no. i think it is ironic that i watched the previous episode on syrian refugees being relocated to the united states and that
ongoing issue. 100,000 peoplee in louisiana who have lost everything, and it barely makes a national headline. nor does it get attention from the president. he is the president of the united states, and he should understand he should have been here by now, and it should be a topic of discussion. i did not see a press conference, i did not see anything. new orleans,ve in i was not impacted, but i did survive katrina, and i watched the government make a lot of missteps in the aftermath of katrina, and i am andned that things like rio a bunch of swimmers getting caught up by the police makes national headlines, and the syrian refugees make a national headline, and our own citizens are struggling. host: that is laura in new
orleans, louisiana. one person on twitter writes "president obama helps louisiana more by directing disaster relief. he does not have to be on site." "obama is only going to a louisiana because donald trump showed him the way." donald, hello? say that just want to i would not trust our government or congress on anything. congress took -- misplace $6 trillion from the icial security fund, and called the ethics commission in washington to complai. how come obama does not want to go?
he does not want to get his feet wet or something. hillary did not want to go -- what is the reason for hillary not wanting to go? we cannot trust this government we have now. host: all right, that caller from akron, ohio. our question for you -- do you have confidence in the government to handle disaster relief? we are breaking it down by region. if you live in the eastern or central time zone, you can call (202) 748-8000. those in the mountain pacific time zones, your number is (202) 748-8001. a special line is open for louisiana residents, to tell us what your thoughts on hurricane katrina or anything else the state has been through. that number is (202) 748-8002. we are also reading your tweets. our handle is @cspanwj. here is another story in "the advocate."
"sobering stats: 110 thousand homes worth $20 billion in flood-affected areas in baton rouge," according to an analysis. the story says floodwaters that swept through louisiana the past week may have affected 31% of the homes in baton rouge and eight surrounding parishes. the report from the baton rouge area chamber translates that figure into an estimate of roughly 110,000 homes, valued at $20.7 billion, that could have flooded because they were located in neighborhoods where water pooled. that potential damage figure is far higher than any put forward thus far. what do you think this morning? caller: hi. thanks for having me on. you are doing a great job with this program. it does need attention. it is a lead from behind system right now. we have a president golfing, we
have a candidate -- who knows where she is? at least trump showed up. the thing that bothers me as we have fires in california. maryland.ods in we had floods in tennessee, it was awol than. so the big question gets down to government'shis priority? it is not as priority, and it is up to the people to deal with it. we cannot rely on the government for anything right now. host: all right, next up, garth from bend, oregon is calling. caller: good morning. host: good morning. what is your thought? caller: my thought is that these national disasters are such a large-scale that we cannot affect the government to be able to mitigate them without some work of our own. oregon,, you know, in
toare waiting for the -- liquidate the willamette valley. when we have the resources and the knowledge that we have before these events happened, if you are really worried about it and want to be collective, you need to move out of those areas and establish cities in safe spots. when things like this happen, when we flood, when we know it is a floodplain, we are shocked and disappointed at the government that they cannot solve all of our problems, especially when we tax our local resources, then we go to state and federal resources. that takes a lot of money. sorry, i do not know what is wrong with my voice. host: i have a question for you. people who live in floodplains
in parts of louisiana or other parts of the country -- california where there are even wildfires -- if they need to relocate, who should bear the cost, and where should they go? caller: well, you know, being americans, we are ridiculously blessed and have the resources to move. they should just go wherever they feel a they need to. it is of a continent. host: all right. bob from caller is lawndale, california. good morning. caller: hello there. it right now, at the government is failing, but it is the louisiana government that is failing. they should have emergency fu in because it does rain louisiana, and storms come in off the ocean. here in california, we are having fires all over the place. i do not expect the federal
government or obama to run state emergency that we have because we have emergencies all the time. but louisiana, you need to take care of yourself and then ask the governmen federal governmen. a lot of those states do not have emergency funding, and they are parasites. host: all right, that is bob from california. our next caller is paul from show low, arizona -- from arizona. good morning. caller: good morning. i just have a couple of points. i hear people complaining that the president has not shown up, he is doing this, he is doing that. the governor of louisiana asked him not to,. he did not want to handle the security while he was handling these problems. the government of louisiana also said that fema was in there doing magnificent stuff, so these people are misinformed.
they should listen to the local officials and not their fox radio announcers or whatever they are listening to. that is all i got to say. host: ok, paul, from arizona. here are a few tweaks -- once again, obama leaves behind and will visit floods many days after the destruction. complainsghts -- he about the cost of flying air force one security detail. that will come next week. another rights, "the governor asked president obama to wait. he did not want to take resources away from the area." wildfires in california, here is more information. a wildfire broke out tuesday and spread every direction east of los angeles, burned 14 square miles in a matter of hours, prompting evacuation orders for more than 82,000 people in mountain communities.
leaving commuters stranded four hours. that is a story about california wildfires in the associated press. let's hear from mildred in pensacola, florida. mildred, good morning. caller: yes, i believe that people should take personal floods, forty for fires, for any type of natural disaster. we as american citizens have to take personal responsibility. you cannot depend on the federal government to save you. int: mildred, living
pensacola, florida, have you lived through hurricanes? caller: i have lived through several hurricanes, and i will tell you, after hurricane ivan when i saw president george bush fly over my town, i sat outside and cried because that showed that he cared, and i have never received any help from fema. they only help people who do not have insurance, and i'm here to take personal responsibility. i have lived through every hurricane. host: all right, that is mildred calling from pensacola, florida. rly let's hear from ve in east petersburg, pennsylvania. caller: yes, we have got to take responsibly for everything. we resent the government getting into our business, and then -- what you have not noticed recently, the more -- every time
there is a disaster and we come over,er, the disaster is fema is giving us more disasters, and we have not learned anything. the governor of louisiana asked the president not to come. there is water everywhere. i am sure the president does not want to get slammed in a middle of those people who have lost so much. host: next up, nancy from .eorgia is calling = go ahead, nancy. caller: good morning. i think the federal government should fill every responsibly, what i'mey do not, concerned about is the man-made destruction in syria. the constitution's preamble said establish justice, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and give
blessings to ourselves and our mr. obama has been on vacation for eight years, so that is not surprise me, but i just hope and pray that mr. andn is paying attention goes about his business until we get somebody in there who knows how to read. host: all right. our question to you this morning -- do you have confidence in the government to handle disaster relief? we broke up the phone lines by region or you have time to get your thoughts and comments in. if you live in the eastern and central time zone, your number is (202) 748-8000. mountain pacific time zones, your number is (202) 748-8001. a special line open for louisiana residents this morning, and a number is (202) 748-8002. you can also send us a tweet with your thoughts. our handle is @cspanwj.
here are a few more thoughts from twitter this morning. do you trust the government with disaster relief? this person writes, "after sandy, not so sure. too many homeowners are under litigation, and chris christie offered no leadership. bring a room." another -- we have been biting the hand that feeds for too long. let's hear now from clarence in california. go ahead. you are there. caller: hello. i think the government is doing a good job helping people in need. i think in many cases, we do not realize that a lot of places that we locate ourselves, such -- that was a man-made fire. it was not a natural disaster. i think the government airplanes bringing relief such as water to put out the fires and contain
them, but we all have to understand something -- this is not a political issue. as grown individuals, we should feel ashamed of ourselves to say it is the president's fault. the president keeps government agencies going to help us. i mean, they are so overrun with so many issues that they cannot handle everything. it is our responsibly to look at where we move in the mountains toh wildfires, if we move flatlands under sea level. it is not fair to blame other people for our choices. we know the history for hundreds of years of what happens in these areas. as far as poor people versus rich people, rich people, no, we have got to punish you for your success, but poor people, we do not have to many options. people with more money have options to relocate to help their families and help additional families. we appreciate everyone in america, even poor people, because people who have a heart of helping to not look at the grandmothers, they looked to where they can take action to help others and not blame
politicians. all right, that is clearance from california. let's hear now from a louisiana residents, that is georgia. georgia, good morning. caller: good morning. host: are you affected by the flooding at all? caller: no, i am not. i live on a ridge, but all around me has water. but the problem is, people refuse to get insurance, period. they will not pay for it. they live in louisiana, they claim they are not in a flood zone. i am not in a flood zone, but i have insurance. they do not want to pay for nothing, but they want the government to pay for everything, and they get angry when the deficits go up. takewant the government to responsibility, but it is personal responsibility, not wait on the government. louisiana has gone through many disasters. louisiana people will always put
it on the government to help them. host: all right, that is georgia calling from louisiana. deborah is our next caller from fairfax, virginia. what do you think this morning? caller: good morning. host: good morning. go ahead with your thoughts. my thoughts are that people need to get flood insurance. that is optimal. but i do think that people rely too much on the government and obama and hillary clinton want them to rely on the government to get their votes. i suggest people go watch "hillary's america" and see the racketeering of the bonnie and clyde a situation that we have here. at least trump showed up in louisiana to express his concern, and i think he can turn this country around. , ande $21 trillion in debt i think when a change. obama has checked out, hillary is in bed somewhere, and we just need african americans and
others to wake up and go for trump. he is going to change america for the better. host: all right, that is deborah from fairfax, virginia. "ere is the "new york times with a front-page article about these the virus. pregnant women are told to avoid the area in miami. the story says with the zika virus spreading to miami beach, health officials advise pregnant women not to visit the alluring tourists destinations. they recommend postponing travel anywhere in miami-dade county. tremors through the tourist industry, and sent fear through pregnant women worried about' the virus a -- about the virus' ability to cause severe brain damage in newborn babies.
host: a question for you during the segment is whether you have confidence in the government to handle disaster relief. let's hear from barbara in chicago, illinois. barbara, what is your thought this morning? caller: my thought is that people who own property should -- if they cannot afford to insure, get the insurance they need, then they cannot afford the property. host: ok. anyone whoyou or lives near a body of water, whether you have had a flood before or not, if you live near water, you should have flood insurance. barbara witht is her thoughts from chicago, illinois. carl is now calling from new
orleans, louisiana. good morning. caller: good morning. i hear a lot of people putting the politics in it, a lot of people putting the entrance in its, there are a lot of different factors that go into situations. you cannot get flood insurance if people do not sell you flood insurance, whether you are a homeowner or a renter. about the politics of trump and obama, the situation that's happened here is it is a national disaster. it don't discriminate against your race, your money amounts. we had a situation with katrina, people talking about obama should have been here, it took a few days for president bush to get here, and there was not a lot of humbug over that. the situation is about the people, the people need help. let's stick to the issues. if you are a god loving citizen, your god loving country should be about the people. let's keep the situation about helping the people in need. thank you. host: carl, were you affected by
hurricane katrina? caller: yes, i live through it. host: what is your feeling about how the government handle that crisis? caller: the government will do what they do, but you have to take account for yourself. situations time, like this come is like 9/11, we will come together and try to help each other. situations like this do not discriminate. they do not care about your color, background, how much money you have, so let's be real about the issues. hthe people need help. more thoughts from twitter -- we are the government by the people, remember that. nobody is going to do it, we will do it. pay your taxes to help or do more. another person writes -- the have properlyuld regulated insurers. here is a story now in "the advocate" -- fema is unclear what the housing situation will
be, but do not expect katrina-era trailers. some flood evacuees will inevitably find their own accommodation living with family and friends, some will move to apartments or other rentals. and those with relatively minor damage will have their homes quickly repaired and will return to them. it has not yet been decided, but another option that fema will as it assists with the recovery is placing travel. thousands were placed following the 2005 katrina storms. fema has said any temporary housing placed here in the 20 parishes will not be anything like that. earlier this year, the federal government unveiled what it calls new and improved fema trailer, which includes fire
sprinklers in all units. lloyd from miami, florida is our next caller. lloyd, good morning to you. caller: good morning. host: what do you think is the government's role? caller: i am curious if c-span is turning into tabloid tv at this point because evidently they are not following the story as it is being reported. the governor came out the second day and asked the president not to,. he asked all officials not to come because they would get in the way fear there is a detailed saying the fema website exactly what theme is doing, except now my turn to c-span, it is all drama tv. if i wanted drama, i would put it on the regular cable channels. i thought you guys were supposed to support the facts and not get the back-and-forth going for drama sake. what is happening for you guys? you guys are losing me. i have been watching you for a long time. , come to you guys for facts
news, relevant stories, not drama. is lloyd from miami, florida. you have a few minutes to get your call in. lisa from riverside, california is our next caller. lisa, go ahead. caller: hi. i am glad that you guys are on, and sometimes it does make my blood boil, as the caller before me suggested, but i just wanted to say that -- i am originally from washington state. it is always a 100-year flood, a 500-year flood, people build in floodplains. they won't insure you. you cannot get insurance. a lot times you cannot get insurance. i am not very far from the fires. we have a great local and state response provider, and if we need help from the federal
government, we ask for it. i just remember, i am keeping in mind -- what i would like embryos to bear in mind -- when chris christie met with president obama, they were hugging, the republicans just went crazy after sandy. they just went crazy. -- i don't know. that is all i have to say. i do not understand. host: all right, that is lisa from riverside, california. here is the front page of "the advocate" newspaper out of baton rouge, louisiana from this morning. you can see the top headline is, "obama to visit disaster areas in the state." also, some pretty germanic photos of some of the rescue efforts underway. just a few more minutes and are program. sandra from utah is our next caller. go ahead. caller: good morning. i just have an observation --
every year, we seem to have a lot of water and a lot of rain in the southeast of this country, and in the western part of our country, we have fires and drought and everything else. i do not understand why in the 21st century we do not have offers that can take that abundant water from the east side of our country and move it to the west side of our country when we can pump oil from one side of our country to the other. i think it would be a great public works project. host: all right, that is sandra from utah. a lump is cynthia from us, mississippi. what is your thought or comments this morning? caller: good morning. how are you? host: good morning. caller: i am calling -- you all are doing a good job talking about what is going on. i am concerned about the centers for disease control, to be aware that work with fema -- i worked with fema before.
employees of puerto rico know and work disasters. -- go and work disasters. there is a report that one in four people in puerto rico have zika, so if they are working with fema in louisiana, i would like to know that they are being screened for zika. and that it's really the only comment that i have about it. host: all right, that is cynthia from columbus, mississippi. "the advocate" did publish this story that said west nile, zika concerns are heightened as louisiana becomes a breeding ground. there could be an increase in west nile cases, and even potentially a bigger threat of zika virus. we are going to have standing water all over louisiana, governor john bel edwards said this week. our last caller for the show this morning will be richard from independence, missouri.
richard, go ahead with your thought. caller: good morning. the question about disaster relief i think needs to get broadened into what is going to happen with greater frequency with respect to climate change. fires, heat-related activities, flooding, things that are going to involve not only fire response but future activities of the corps of engineers, homeland security , fromding to local events people responding to extreme weather events, all of that is going to involve more money and
better response from congress. host: all right, that is richard from independence, missouri. forard was our last caller this morning. that does it for us today on "washington journal." you can tune in tomorrow again at 7:00 a.m. we will be talking with a senior fellow at the center of american progress, and he will talk about century hillary clinton's foreign progress agenda for we will also speak with walid pha res, one of donald trump's foreign-policy advisers. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] cracks up next, from the recent
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